[OhQP-mail] Why chØØse NØH for the ØHQP?

Hank Greeb n8xx at arrl.org
Mon Aug 26 01:08:43 CDT 2013

In 2011 I was asked, "Why in the %$#^&@ would one choose to operate as 
N1L , a 'foreign' prefix number - not 8."   It seemed that some 
"uptight" members of the sponsoring organization thought such a call was 
inappropriate.  In 2012 there was some concern when I operated K6JSS - 
until I explained that this was the QRP ARCI club call, and they were 
trying to get stations on from all 50 states during state QP's (or 
regional QP's like NEQP, 7QP, etc)

I replied with a question, "Is there something illegal, immoral, or 
against some OHQP rule to use ANY call which is OK with the Friendly 
Candy Company?"  The answer I received was, "No, of course not."

But, this year's choice brought even more questions - particularly 
amongst friends and close colleagues, about my choice NØH. Below is a 
reply I sent to one fellow:

"WhØ wØuld be  stupid/idiØtic/liddish enØugh tØ chØØse NØH in the ØhiØ 
QSØ party when KS was encØuraging multiple (20 Ør mØre, by my cØunt) 1X1 
zerØs fØr bØnus pØints/added wallpaper during their KS QSØ Party?

"He must either be an idiØt, Ør have a GRRRRRR8 sense Øf twisted humØr 
(Ør bØth :)"

It WAS "interesting" to say the least, on 20 and 40 meters where the 
skip seemed much better for Kansas than for Ohio - so I visited the KSQP 
probably too often and I'd call one of the 1x1's who were calling "CQ 
KSQP" and have an exchange.  It usually would start out with them 
sending "5NN WYA" (or whatever county they were in), to which I replied 
"NR 123 WARR 5NN OH - pse i need a number for the OHQP."   It's too bad 
that Kansas Counties don't count for multipliers for the OHQP, because 
I  have 7 in the log.  Kansas was the most prolific out of state entity 
which was on the bands.  I even worked 5 of these KS ops on 20 meters!  
Otherwise 20 meters was a real drag.  I didn't try very hard on 40, but 
I did work 2 KS stations on 40 - and probably could have worked many more.

I'll probably look at whether KS is running their KSQP on the same date 
as OHQP next year, and, if so, I'll probably choose a different call 
area, or use a club call or somesuch.  But, if you ain't figured out 
that I like to have fun, rather than competing with blood and guts, 
well, that's YOUR problem.

72/73 de n8xx Hg
QRP >99.44% of the time
Operated N8Q/HENR in OHQP 2010
Operated N1L/BROW in OHQP 2011
Operated K6JSS/UNIO in OHQP 2012
Operated NØH/WARR in OHQP 2013

p.s. And, each time I had LOTS of fun, even with 20+ hour days setting 
up, testing, operating, and tearing down.
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